|Law & Order may be gone — just shy of a record-setting 21st season — but a new version based in Los Angeles is rising from its ashes, in the show's usual Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET/PT time slot.|
Law & Order: Los Angeles, dubbed LOLA by the network, will preserve the same twin format, following detectives played by Skeet Ulrich and Corey Stoll in the opening half, and district attorneys played by Alfred Molina and the just-hired Terrence Howard, who will rotate in separate episodes, in the second. Longtime L&O producer Rene Balcer will run the show, which also preserves the signature "chuh-chung" chime.
With so many series shot on the West Coast, will the new series blend in too well, as opposed to the distinctly New York flavor of the original?
"I could argue that New York has been mined as much as L.A. has," Balcer says. "But L.A. is a mosaic of communities; though New York has Central Park, L.A. has the beach. There's all kinds of territory that has not been mined by other shows." But LOLA won't shy away from celebrity misdeeds, in the same way the New York series couldn't avoid Wall Street: "It's what L.A. is most known for," says creator Dick Wolf.
Wolf says he was "extremely disappointed that the show didn't come back ... that's business, that's life," and says there's no longer any talk of moving it elsewhere: "It's in the history books." --Gary Levin